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2008 US Open: Odds favor Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

2008 US Open: Odds favor Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be the two top golfers to watch at the Torrey Pines - they are the odds favorites for the 2008 US Open. This shouldn't surprise anyone - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the top two golf players in the world and it's the expected result from the odds makers. At the online sportsbook BodogSports Tiger Woods is the ultimate favorite with odds to win the 2008 U.S. Open at short 5/2, followed by Phil Mickelson with odds 7/1 to win the golf tournament. Every other golfer following the two is listed with double digit odds, starting at 18/1 on Sergio Garcia and 22/1 on Padraig Harrington. The fact that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are such big favorites against the rest of the pack could only prove beneficial for the bettors of this year's U.S. Open, considering the long odds held by all players. Follow along:

 Tiger Woods is the world's No.1 for a reason, but he had failed to deliver an U.S. Open victory since 2002, his second U.S. Open tournament win, the first one in 2000. Five years in a row Tiger Woods enter the U.S. Open as the top favorite to win and five years underdogs has snatched the victory away from Woods. The No.1 in golf also underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15th and the 2008 U.S. Open will be the first tournament Tiger Woods will be entering since. Is he fully recovered? Will he end the 5-year long dry spell at the U.S. Open tournament this year? The bookmakers say yes and back him up with 5/2 odds, but considering the last time he competed, he paid on even odds - obviously even the bookies have their reservations.

 How about Phil Mickelson - at BodogSports the No.2 in the world is listed with odds 7/1 to win the 2008 U.S. Open, the only serious competition to Tiger Woods, but is he really? Phil Mickelson, although a great golfer, has never won an U.S. Open in his career. In 2006 he was very close to winning his first American trophy, but fell a shot short of the winner Geoff Ogilvy. And in last year's Open he failed to make the cut. The victory a few weeks ago at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is likely the only reason Mickelson is the runner-up to Woods on the 2008 U.S. Open betting odds sheets.

 Still, both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson seem to have the best chances of winning the 2008 U.S. Open, at least the betting odds say so. But our suggestion to all golf bettors - you may want to consider a side-bet on the rest of the players. With double to triple digit odds, another underdog winner could turn out to be this week's lucky numbers. Visit BodogSports for the full list of 2008 U.S. Open betting odds.

 Published on 06/09/2008

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